Keeping a clean kitchen means having a healthy kitchen and a healthy kitchen is one that doesn’t get you sick from cooking in it. It is one of the simplest things to do but it is also one of the things that is overlooked, failing to keep a clean kitchen can result in contamination of food, leading to illness. This can be prevented, and while sometimes it can be as simple as a little bit of cleaning spray and a wipe down, sometimes it can be a little bit more complicated than that.
Cross contamination is probably the biggest cause of foodborne illness in restaurants and kitchens worldwide. Cross contamination occurs when one food item comes into indirect contact with another food item. An example of this would be someone slicing raw chicken on a cutting board that then puts the chicken away and begins cutting lettuce on the same board with the same knife. Bacteria from the chicken has now come into contact with the lettuce from the board and the knife. If this lettuce is then served raw and uncooked in a salad there is the potential for foodborne illness.